It doesn't bother me either, Heidi. I grew up with it also, my step-dud raised rabbits, beef, and pork, which we ate alot of. I think it's just natural when you grow up on a farm.
I do have a dry food here that doesn't have any chicken or eggs in it, and they all like it, so I'll be fine. I honestly think it's a bit on the rancid side, but I can't tell if my sensitive nose is just doing overtime. But smelling the bags..........it stinks! I put down a little bit of crumbles left from the bags, all meat, nothing else, and they wouldn't even smell it. So it's off.
I don't thaw on the counter either, I do set it out for an hour, and then it goes straight into the fridge to finish thawing. I've thawed plenty of meat here, so it's not my thawing process, and it was still frozen when the shipment was delivered.
I pulled out three more pounds of rabbit, and put it in the fridge to thaw overnight. I do add lamb also, so tomorrow I'll head to the meat market to get a lb of it fresh, and then I guess we'll see what this rabbit smells like tomorrow. It's not even the same color, so I'm not sure if it's even rabbit meat.
Seriously! Can't my cats just get a dang break already!